Towns to recognize Veterans Day
The towns of New Milford, Kent, Roxbury and Washington will offer a variety of programs to recognize Veterans Day.
In New Milford
An armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, ending World War I.
The Roger Sherman Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will hold a veterans breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall on Avery Road.
A Quilt of Valor will also be presented during the breakfast.
For more information and RSVP, email Bonnie Butler at email@example.com or 860-354-5129.
After, a ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on the south end of the Village Green. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held at the VFW hall on Avery Road.
Luminaries were sold for $5. Luminary bags were decorated and to honor veterans and active duty military members.
The bags will be lighted and placed around the lower section of the Village Green Saturday at 8 p.m. and remain on the Green until after Veterans Day ceremony.
For information, or to order a luminary, call 860-354-7995.
The gravesite of patriot Solomon Hill, and his wife, Amy Stone Hill, will receive a NSDAR grave marker in recognition of their service in the Revolutionary War.
Solomon Hill was born in 1759. At age 16, he served in Col. Hinman’s Fourth Regiment in 1775.
Solomon Hill is a patriot of several members of the Roger Sherman Chapter NSDAR, who have proven direct lineal descent.
Refreshments will follow the gravesite dedication at the Merryall Center for the Arts at 8 Chapel Hill Road.
For information and RSVP, Bonnie Butler at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-354-5129.
The veterans will then conduct a flag folding-ceremony with student participation.
Veterans have also been invited to the classrooms after the ceremonies to relate their experiences personally and answer questions.
Immediately following, the veterans will have a light lunch in the cafeteria.
Lindenmayer will serve as host for the ceremony, which will include an invocation from Monsignor Vitorio Guerrera of Saint Kateri Tekawitha Parish, followed by a seven gun salute and taps.
The Conservation Commission has donated and planted a maple tree that is located adjacent to the veterans monument to recognize veterans. The commission will hold a short dedication ceremony after the service.
St. Kateri Tekawitha will offer a luncheon for veterans and their families at Sacred Heart Church in Kent after the ceremony.
Moderated by Doug Winkel, four volunteers will read a selection of poems that trace the progress of the war and the changing attitudes about it as the extraordinary number of casualties, deaths and destruction took their toll.
The event is organized by Georgette Miller and will feature refreshments prepared by Renee David.
In addition to including the texts of the poems, the program will also provide some background information on the war and the poets who were so affected by it.
All Roxbury veterans are invited to attend.
The ceremony at the 38 Curtis Road museum will include prayers and drumming to honor the contributions and valor of Native American veterans.
This year, there will be a special traditional ceremony to honor Charles Lindberg Kilson, Senior, as well as the memory of his brother, Earl Anderson Kilson, Senior of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.
Both brothers served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.
Earl also served during the early years of the Vietnam War.
The public, veterans and non-veterans are invited to attend.
Following the ceremony, visitors are invited to a light lunch in the museum.
It is estimated that more than 12,000 American Indians served in World War I and that 44,000 American Indians, out of a total Native American population of 350,000 served with distinction between 1941 and 1945.
During World War II, on the home front, more than 40,000 Native Americans left their reservations to work in factories and other war industries.
Many of these battle-hardened Native American Indians that served in WWII also served in the Korean War along with new Native American recruits like Charles and Earl.
More than 42,000 Native Americans, 90 percent of them volunteers fought in Vietnam, and Earl was one of the many Native American Indians that continued to serve their country in the Vietnam War.
Today, there are almost 200,000 Native American military veterans.
Charles resides in Sandy Hook, but he and his wife and his family lived on the Schaghticoke Indian Reservation in Kent, where he is an active member with the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.
Earl lived with his family on the Schaghticoke Reservation in Kent, for much of his young life.
Upon his death, he was an active member of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.